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Cedar Valley Times; 1989
Anna Mae Long
Anna Mae Long

VINTON - Anna Mae Long, 76, rural Vinton died Sunday, May 7, 1989, at Virginia Gay Hospital, Vinton.

Born November 23, 1912, on a farm near Traer, she was the daughter of William and Minnie (Finch) Beatty. She attended Dinsdale Consolidated school and finished her schooling at Traer. She married Morris Long December 25, 1934.

A homemaker, she and Mr. Long lived on a farm near Vinton. She was a member of Prairie Creek Christian Church, rural Vinton, and a member of the circle at the church.

She is survived by her husband, Morris; one son, Jack D. Long, rural Vinton; two sisters, Mary McNamee, Traer, and Pearl Lachenmeier, Sarasota, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one infant son, Dennis; three brothers and one sister. The body was cremated and memorial services will be at a later date.

There will be no visitations.

Memorials may be made to Prairie Creek christian Church. Campbell-Russell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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Cedar Valley Times; 1957
Clara Belle Long Dies at Hospital
Clara Belle Long

Mrs. Clara Belle Long, 83, lifelong resident of Polk township, died Wednesday evening at five o'clock in the Vinton hospital of complication of old age. She had been ill for six weeks.

Mrs. Long was born Clara Belle Warriner Oct. 6, 1874, in Polk township. She was a daughter of James G. and Elizabeth Bunten Warriner. She married J. Andrew Long in Polk township April 12, 1900. He died May 6, 1940. Mrs. Long taught in rural schools in Harrison and Polk townships.

Surviving are three sons, Clark W., and Morris M., Harrison township, Benton county, and Col. George A. Long, San Antonio, Tex., an army dentist.

Also surviving are eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Long was a member of the Prairie Creek Christian church.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Oscar E. Barrow Saturday afternoon at two o'clock in the Prairie Creek Christian church. Burial will be in Bear Creek cemetery.

Friends may call at the Miller-Taylor funeral home after 5:00 p.m., this evening. The body will be taken to the church Saturday noon.

The family has requested that no flowers be sent, that instead, those who wish may contribute to the Prairie Creek church Memorial fund.

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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Vinton Eagle; March 10, 1905
Cornelius Pruett Long

Cornelius Pruett Long was born in Decatur county, Indiana, on January 9, 1847, departed this life March 7, 1905, making him at the time of his death 57 years and almost two months old. He was the oldest son of Woodson and Ann Long. He moved to Benton county with his parents in the fall of 1856 and has lived here continuously since. He has lived on his late farm 22 years the 8th of March.

He was united in marriage to Mrs. Delia Sammons on the 24th of May, 1874, and to this union two children were born, Frank Long, of Missoula, Montana, and Ruth Bunten of Benton county. He united with the church of Christ at Prairie Creek in the fall of 1894. He leaves to mourn their loss, an aged father, one sister and four brothers, a wife, one son and one daughter, two step children, Mrs. Bassett and Henry Sammons, and five grandchildren.

Funeral at Bear Creek church, Wednesday, March 8, conducted by Rev. J. T. Nichols.

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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Cedar Valley Times; November 30, 1928
Delia A. Long

The death of Mrs. Delia A. Long, 85 years old, early settler of Benton county, occurred Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. J. Bassett of Vinton. She had been bedfast six months as the result of a fractured hip. Funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the Bassett home. Burial in Bear Creek cemetery.

Mrs. Long was born Dec. 6, 1843, at Greensburg Ind., a daughter of Michael and Anna Snell. She came to Iowa in 1861 and lived for many years in the Prairie Creek community. She was married in 1865 to Nathanial Sammons in 1865, who died in 1873. Two children were born to this union. Some years later she was married to C. P. Long, whose death occurred in 1905.

The children are Mrs. W. J. Bassett of Vinton, J. H. Sammons of Gleichen, Alberta, Can., and Mrs. C. A. Bunten of Rush City, Minn. The mother's death followed only sixteen days after the passing of her youngest son, Frank Long of Missoula, Mont. There are thirteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

For twenty-three years Mrs. Long lived with her son Frank at Missoula, Mont., and raised her grandson, Chester Long. The last five years she cared for her son, who was paralyzed nine years ago and helpless five years.

The grandson, Chester Long of Missoula, Mont., and the daughter, Mrs. C. A. Bunten of Rush City, Minn. will attend the funeral.

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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Cedar Valley Times; May 6, 1940
James A. Long, 74, Harrison Township Farmer, Dies Today
James A. Long


James Andrew Long, pioneer Harrison township farmer, died at his home northeast of town about 10:30 this morning after a fifteen year illness following a stroke. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p. m. Wednesday at the Prairie Creek Church of Christ following a short prayer at the Long home. Rev. F. A. Andrews will be in charge of the services. Burial will be made in Bear Creek cemetery.

Deceased was born Aug. 15, 1865, in Harrison township to J. J. and Susan Long. He was married April 12, 1900 in Benton county to Clara Warriner. With the exception of 10 years spent in the west, his entire life had been spent in this community. He was a member of the Prairie Creek Church of Christ.

Surviving are three sons, Clark A. and Morris M. of Vinton, George A. of Webster City, four grandchildren, his widow and one brother, Elmer F. Long of Grand Junction, Col. Four brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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Vinton Eagle; 1902
Joel Jackson Long

J. J. Long was born near Greensburg, Ind., Nov. 10, 1828; was married too Susan Snell in 1854, and removed to Harrison township, Benton county, Ia., in the year 1856, where he has resided ever since. Died at Greensburg, Ind., where he and his wife had gone on a visit, August 19, 1902, age 73 years, 9 months and 9 days. He was the father of ten children, nine of whom, with the mother, lived to mourn the loss of a true husband and a kind father, but they mourn not as those having no hope. In early life he gave himself to God and always lived a consistent christian life. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Eyckner, of Gladbrook, interment at Bear Creek cemetery.

Thus closes the life history of not only a pioneer, but one of the most prominent men of our community. He was one of those plain unassuming men who, by their manly traits of character and deeds of kindness shown to others draw around them a large circle of friends, as was attested in his case by the number that attended the funeral that they might show their respect and love for their departed friend and neighbor. And on his grave we wish to place this eulogy: "An honest man in the noblest work of God."

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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Cedar Valley Times; Wednesday, October 11, 1989

Morris Long

Morris Long, 81, died tuesday morning in Virginaia Gay Hospital Annex folloing a long illness. He was a longtime area farmer and auctioneer for over 50 years.

Survivors include a son, Jack of rural Vinton; and a brother, George of Sun City, Aris. His wife, Anna, died May 7.

Joint memorial services for Mr. and Mrs. Long: 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Praiarie Creek christian Church, rural Vinton, where friends may call at service time. Inurnment:Bear Creek Cemetery, rural Brandon. Instead of flowers, memorials to the church. Campbell-Russell's in charge of arrangements.

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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Vinton Eagle; 1880

Nancy Long

Mrs. Long, mother of Woodson Long of this township, after a severe illness departed this life at the ripe old age of eighty-four. Her remains were interred in the Bear Creek Cemetery on Tuesday, March 23 (1880).

{Submitter comment: Wife of John Long.}

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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Sam Long

Word has been received by Mr and Mrs. Harry Vogt that Sam Long died March 5 following a long illness. He was born and grew to manhood on a farm near Shellsburg and moved to El Cerrito Calif. about 50 years ago. He was married to the former Grace Reader of Palo, who survives, with one daughter and two grand children. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Vogt of Cedar Rapids attended the services at El Cerrito, Calif.

Submitted on 05-Jul-2009 by
Sheryl Mason Reynolds,

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Vinton Eagle; 1911
Susan Elizabeth Long

Death came to Susan Elizabeth Long Saturday night after an illness of about a year from paralysis. Her death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. E. O'Neal of Urbana. She had reached the age of 79 years.

Mrs. Long was a good christian woman. She was the mother of ten children all of whom she saw grow to manhood and womanhood, a family of whom she may well have been proud. They all helped to contribute to the happiness and pleasure of her declining years.


Susan Elizabeth Snell was born in Rushville, Franklin county, Indiana, November 27th, 1831. She departed this life June 4th, 1911, at the age of 79 years, six months and 8 days. She united with the Baptist church when young and was a charter member of the Prairie church of Christ and later united with the Restitutionists. She was married to J. J. Long, November 12th, 1858, who departed this life about 9 years ago. To this union were born ten children, nine of whom are living. The eldest, Dr. J. M. Long of Primghar, Iowa, having departed this life in 1893. The living are W. H. and E. F. of Carbondale, Colorado; J. J. of Collbran, Colorado; M. W. of Plattville, Colorado; Mrs. S. M. Logan of Grand Junction, Colorado; Mrs. J. F. Bryson of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. H. E. O'Neal of Urbana, Iowa; J. A. and Mrs. J. E. Harper of Harrison township, Benton county, Iowa.

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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